Apple working on new, truly wireless Beats with a charging case for iPhone 7 launch

BY Evan Selleck

Published 8 Jan 2016

iPhone 7 concept by Martin Hajek

One of the more common beliefs at this point, with rumors swirling that Apple has plans to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7, is that a pair of headphones to match this move are coming down the pike.

Now, a new report from 9to5Mac echoes this sentiment yet again. According to information gathered by the publication, it looks like Apple is currently working on building revamped, cord-free Beats earbuds that would launch alongside the release of the oft-rumored iPhone 7. These would be completely wireless — without a cable connecting the in-ear headphones. They would be designed like the Bragi Dash (pictured below), headphones that were once again present at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show.

The report goes on to say that the wireless headphones will have a noise-canceling microphone system in place, which will make it possible to use them for phone calls and interacting with Siri. Different earbud sleeves will more than likely be included with the headphones as well, making it possible to find the right size (or get really close to it) for an individual’s ear.

Bragi Wireless Dash

These particular wireless earbuds will be an accessory, though, and won’t come standard in the iPhone 7 box. For a reference point, the Bragi Dash retail for $299, so it’s probably likely that Apple’s alternative will be priced similarly, or even higher. The iPhone 7 will be bundled with EarPods, though, but these will reportedly have a Lightning cable, rather than the standard cable we are used to finding, due to Apple’s rumored decision to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone.

What’s more, and similar again to the Bragi Dash, the headphones won’t have a port that the owner will plug something into to charge them. Instead, the report indicates that there will be a charging case that owners will set the earbuds into to charge them. The Bragi Dash last for about three hours on a single charge, and the report states that the batteries in the Apple option will probably last under four hours as well.

One other interesting detail: Apparently Apple hasn’t finalized the design of the iPhone 7, and is currently working on three different designs. The first is a much thinner device with a different design aesthetic than previous handsets. Another, fallback option reportedly looks like the iPhone 6s.

What do you think? Is Apple making sound decisions?

[via 9to5Mac]